Nurses play an indispensable role in our health care system. They provide round-the-clock care for patients with fragile (and often life-threatening) health conditions. They administer medications, change dressings, insert catheters and IVs, lift and transfer patients, keep meticulous records and much more. Nurses serve as tireless advocates for their patients, and they're a vital link in keeping paths of communication clear.
Medical errors are a leading cause of death among patients nationwide. These untimely deaths are all the more tragic because they're wholly preventable. Even when mistakes don't result in death, they can still lead to serious complications, unnecessary risks, misguided treatments and skyrocketing medical bills.